Defeated President of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh has reportedly accused Sierra Leone of being a bad example of democracy in Africa.
The embattled dictator despatched riot police to occupy the country’s electoral commission on Tuesday as he defied mounting international pressure to step down after losing the country’s December 1 general election to opposition candidate, Adama Barrow.
Security forces loyal to President Yahya Jammeh is said to have surrounded the commission’s offices and barred anyone from entering. The move appeared to be linked to Mr Jammeh’s unexpected announcement on Saturday that he planned a legal challenge to the election results, which he had previously said he would abide by.
The move came as three West African presidents led a heavyweight delegation to Gambia to persuade Mr Jammeh to stick to his original promise to go quietly.
Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, and Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone are understood to have warned Mr Jammeh that if he does not step down immediately, he will face tough measures including sanctions.
However, the meeting left President Koroma of Sierra Leone with the shock of his life, according to reports from Pipul Pikin media.
“Why don’t you reinstate your illegally sacked Vice President or better still go to the ECOWAS court to defend your criminal action before wasting my time or lecturing me on democratic principles?” Jameh angrily told delegates meeting in The Gambia.
“By the what date have you slated for your own elections in Sierra Leone”, a question he directed to Sierra Leone’s president.
Discussions continue as the designated Heads of state attempt to convince Jammeh to hand over power to the president elect Adama Barrow